Today the Department of Marvelous Makeup is wonderstruck by the comic book makeovers of Canadian makeup artist Lianne Moseley. Based in Calgary, Moseley is entirely self-trained and works full-time doing bridal makeup, but when she’s off the clock she’s working to perfect her skills transforming humble humans, including herself, into awesome superheroes that look like they just leapt off the pages of a comic book, from 2D to 3D. She also made herself look like one of our favorite cartoon characters, Sterling Archer, the world’s most dangerous spy.
So far, her favorite transformation was when she painted herself to look like Captain Planet. “Much of the notoriety I have received online is due to my older brother Derek posting my work on Reddit,” she said. “Captain Planet was my way of paying tribute to my brother and all his support of my art.”
Moseley has received so much (well-deserved) attention for her cartoon superhero makeup skills that she’s now booking appointments doing makeup for cosplayers. Her comic book-style makeover process takes several hours to complete and includes the subject’s face and upper torso.
We must also assume then that talent will mean nothing without work. It is a dead, inert thing unless you do something with it. It’s still a thing that must be seized, must be trained, and you still have to level up your game every chance you get. And given that talent is a subjective idea, and one that is unproven, and one that is not measurable, maybe it’s better instead to assume that it isn’t real at all. Because cleaving to talent — believing it’s real and that we must possess it — does you no favors. It only creates a false sense of what must be done or what should be possessed. It’s as invisible as a ghost, as insubstantial as a a breeze, and as noxious as a gassy dog in a small car. If you assume that work is needed to make something of your talent, then worry only about that.
Worry only about the work.
That’s the only part of this that you control. You control the time. You control you effort. You can measure how much you’re putting into something — and, eventually, you can measure how much you get out of it. You can control how much space you give it. You can authorize its importance and your devotion to it.
Reject the caste that talent implies.
Talent, if it exists, does not matter one sticky whit. Because you cannot control it.
The work, though? The work matters.
So do the work. Control what you can control. And fuck talent.
I rarely paint anything personal, so be nice. With art, I have the power to create anything I want. Though out the years I’v been battling with depression and anxiety and along the way I became a victim of self harm. Every fucking day I’m healing. It’s so hard. I hope that others dealing with depression can begin their healing process as well. Feel free to DM me or email me if you just need someone to vent to. Life is too fucking short to be at war with yourself. #depression #selfharm #anxiety #contemporaryart #abstract #mural #surrealism #popart #masterpiece #awesomeminimal #expressionism #londonart #modernart #urbanart #thednalife #abstractart #graphic #creativity #instaartist #composition #urban #style #minimal #perspective #atlantaartist #atlanta
Research links creativity with inability to filter irrelevant sensory information.
The research is in Neuropsychologia. (full access paywall)
Research: “Creativity and sensory gating indexed by the P50: Selective versus leaky sensory gating in divergent thinkers and creative achievers” by Darya L. Zabelina, Daniel O’Leary, Narun Pornpattananangkul, Robin Nusslock, and Mark Beeman in Neuropsychologia doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.01.034
Image: Divergent thinking does contribute to creativity, but appears to be separate from the process of creative thinking that is associated with the leaky sensory filter. The image is for illustrative purposes only. Image credit: geralt.
It’s the first in what will hopefully be an ongoing seriesin which contemporary internet feminists revisit feminist books from the past,
to explore how they can help us make sense of feminism in 2015. Today’s piece
features contributions from internet luminaries Laurie Penny, Reni Eddo-Lodge,
and Jacob Tobia, discussing Sheila Rowbotham and Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World.
And I have to tell you, I LOVED the book.
I’m a little ashamed to say I’d never heard of Rowbotham or
the book before I pitched the assignment (and no wonder – the Guardian called her “the most underrated
feminist of our time”) but I loved how poetically she wrote about her experiences in the Beatnik and
socialist movements, her thirst for freedom from her bourgeois parents, and the
development of her feminism. I loved how nuanced her ideas were, and how they
overlap in subtle ways with things I write about in The Sex Myth.(She writes at one point: “The problem created by rejecting everything that
is, and exerting existing … values to make a [culture out of everything the
opposite] is that the distortions of oppression are perpetuated.”)
But most of all, I loved the way she made me rethink my
relationship with capitalism. As a freewheeling freelance writer, I’ve often
thought of my work as a kind of unfiltered expression of neoliberalism: a
self-autonomous individual going where they like, doing what they like, and
carving out their professional life in their own terms. As I wrote in an article
for The Daily Beast last year, “the flipside of neoliberalism’s freefall is the
sense that anything is possible. That if you just grab hold of the right ropes
and have the strength and strategic know-how to leverage yourself upwards, you
will be rewarded with limitless opportunities.”
That isn’t to say that I’m not also critical of neoliberalism, but it often feels like part of the
air that I breathe, something which pervades every part of our existence whether we like it or
Consciousness, Man’s World, though, Sheila Rowbotham describes capitalism
quite differently: as a rot that literally eats away at people’s lives, not providing
freedom, but rather robbing us of it. Those of us who engage in paid work give
away our time in exchange for money; and with our time, our freedom to choose how we spend our lives. Those of us who do not or cannot engage in paid work are
reduced in esteem, rendered worthless because we cannot be economically
It made me think that my work might not be so “neoliberal”
after all. That rather than being an expression of the capitalist ethic, as someone who
has tended to reject the idea of doing things “just for the money” (and felt sad
and angry when I have taken writing work, at least, purely for cash – I’m less
precious in other areas of my life), my work choices to date might have in fact be a
rejection of it.
If you’d like to read Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World yourself - and you should - it’s excellent and intellectually juicy - I’ll be giving away a
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“You rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.” ― Peter Heller, The Painter
After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Now he lives a quiet life… until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.
Read an excerpt from our print-exclusive interview with New York City-based musician, Sharon Van Etten, who recalls her path into music, her biggest risks, and her best advice to those starting out. Pick up TGDmag Issue Two to read the full interview.